The title of this post is one that I have been thinking about ALOT lately. Even more than thinking, I’ve been wrestling with these thoughts and asking some pretty probing questions of my heart, my habits, my practice and my use of technology. Which was why I was so intrigued by a recent post that Justin Taylor put out over at Between Two Worlds.
The rapid, break-neck speed in which technology rolls out the latest and greatest gadget, website, online “community” is astounding. The rate at which we as Christians do not consider how these technologies are shaping and re-shaping our lives is even more astounding. One author suggests that technology and it’s use is reshaping and redefining what it means to be human! You scoff? When was the last time you were asked, “You mean you don’t have a Facebook account?” “You mean you don’t have email on your cell phone?” “You mean you don’t what BFF, B4N, LOL, IMHO, FWIW, TTYL mean?”
We are being conformed whether we like it or not or believe it or not. The question is have any of us stopped to ask whether or not that conformity is good, right, profitable for our sanctification? Or do we blindly accept all technological change as good and proftable and become quick adoptionists of each new “advancement”? We should care about this. We should ask questions about this, evaluating all things by God’s standard: His Word.
I intend to blog through this topic (tangibly ironic i know) as i grapple with the issue of how technology should be received by Christ’s followers. As I come to my own personal convictions of what it means to be a user/steward of technology, I hope the journey will be helpful to those who happen to stop by and read these posts.